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Espadrilles are a no-brainer for the summer season. They’re comfortable, effortless, and undeniably chic for any warm weather occasion. Plus, they’re constructed in various heel heights, silhouettes and fabric uppers with esparto rope or braided jute soles.
Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen the espadrille trend reappear with fresh renditions on spring runways — but the footwear style isn’t anything new.
While the espadrille has a Spanish heritage dating back to the 13th century, it was Yves Saint Laurent who ignited the global fashion craze in the early ’70s. The legendary designer met Lorenzo Castañer and his wife, Isabel, of Catalonia-based espadrille manufacturer Castañer, at a trade show in Paris. Then, Laurent commissioned an espadrille wedge design from the duo known as the “Carina.” Crafted from high-quality canvas and woven jute, the iconic espadrille has become increasingly popular ever since and now costs $135.
Today, the breathable shoe is seen on the feet of Meghan Markle and French it-girls like Jeanne Damas. Plus, it’s ideal for busy city girls thanks to its comfy platform and ankle-securing ties.
Naturally, a range of other brands have followed suit by creating their own takes on the summery silhouette, offering up everything from classic closed-toe styles to sandal-inspired options with chunky wedge heels, flatform bases and textured straps.
Elevate your wardrobe with the best espadrilles ahead.
Steve Madden Implore Sandals
Pair the bandana in your hair with these Steve Madden Implore Sandals for a throwback early Y2K look.
Castañer x Paul Smith Woven Ribbon Flat Espadrilles
Castañer’s beloved “Carina” style gets a rainbow-bright makeover in Castañer x Paul Smith’s latest collaboration. The fresh interpretation — a 3.2-inch braided-jute wedge heel done in striped cotton canvas — is undeniably vacation-ready.
Sam Edelman Kerin Espadrilles With Ankle Tie
Beige footwear is anything but basic with Sam Edelman’s Kerin Espadrilles, featuring wrap-around leather ankle straps and thick scrunchy-style straps. Pair them with matching sets or flirty frocks for a bold street-style statement, without breaking the bank.
Missoni Metallic Crochet-Knit Wedge Espadrilles
Missoni’s Crochet-Knit Wedge Espadrilles are a comfortable yet equally fiery alternative to stilettos.
Good American Espadrille Wedge Sandals
The humble espadrille gets a Kardashian makeover with Good American’s Espadrille Wedge Sandals. It’s designed with a leopard printed, faux fur footbed with arch support.
Paloma Barcelo Beni Shiny Lace-Up Platform Espadrille Sandals
Incorporating the look of a gladiator sandal, Paloma Barcelo Beni Lace-Up Platform Espadrilles feature criss-cross leather straps and a thick raffia flatform base for an edgy look.
Loveshackfancy x Manebi Nordic Espadrille Slide Sandals
A sporty slide with a cottegecore twist, Loveshackfancy x Manebi’s Nordic Espadrille Slide Sandals have the sweetest strawberry print and can be slipped on for a beach day or brunch with a sundress.
Lucky Brand Befanni Espadrille Wedge Sandals
Calling all petite girls: Skip the trip to the tailor to hem your new maxi dress. Lucky Brand’s Befanni Espadrille Wedge Sandals will do the trick by adding an extra three inches.
Tommy Hilfiger Kimey Espadrilles
Jazz up your favorite basics (think: slip dress, white t-shirts, and cut-off shorts) with these floral Tommy Hilfiger Kimey Espadrilles.
Naguisa Lace-Up Espadrille Sandals
Claudia Perez and Pablo Izquierdo, the designer duo behind this Spanish brand, continue to reimagine the classic Mediterranean staple with the Naguisa Lace-Up Espadrille Sandals — complete with D-rings accents and hiking-inspired laces.
J.Crew Canvas Espadrille Flats
These adorable J.Crew Canvas Espadrille Flats will add a dainty touch to any ensemble.
Tory Burch Multicolored Wrap Espadrilles
The eye-catching hues of Tory Burch’s Multicolored Wrap Espadrilles offer one way to brighten up an LBD.
Schutz Mayna Leather and Jute Espadrilles
Schutz’s Mayna Leather and Jute Espadrilles are akin to sophisticated flip-flops that can be slipped on for everyday use. The braided leather ankle strap boosts support while running errands.
Es Par Ta Sueño Espadrilles
Summer brides, this stunning version is for you: Es Par Ta’s Sueño Espadrilles are made from luxe cotton organdy, one of the sheerest and crispest cottons around. They’re polished enough for a wedding venue yet causal enough to wear to dinner on your honeymoon, too.
Hereu Horta Espadrille Wedges
Minimalists will love these. Hereu Horta’s Espadrille Wedges are designed in Alicante, Spain by local artists with unlined calf leather and an elasticated topline.